▼ at SubQuake: Calyx &TeeBee
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▼ at SubQuake: Calyx &TeeBee

SubQuake May 4th 2016. 013 Tilburg.


Report: Michael Janiec
Photography: jostijnligtvoet.nl

With a somewhat rigid placement in between the weekends, and two big holidays, SubQuake manages to make a statement. Utter chaos ensued, purely organized for your entertainment, and delivered in full force. While this wasn’t the biggest number of visitors possibly imagined prior to the event, every ounce of energy in the room was put to good use.

Floz & Xzisteh start off the night. A tag-team worth to keep in sight, since their latest Dubstep and Grime performances are a real pleasure. I missed their set due to late shift at my job, but the duo reflected happily: “The first visitors started arriving in the first half of the set, which is good.” They introduced the night with Deep Dubstep, mentioning the track ‘Mere Sher’ by Kromestar as one of the highlights.

Not so long ago Posij was appointed by the almighty Noisia as their protegé. In retrospect, their decision seems more than sound. This artist has matured a lot in the recent few years. Not only through his successive streak of productions, but also behind the decks. His set tonight can be described as an energetic avalanche of tightly mixed eargasms.
A somewhat shifty (and well timed) offbeat back and forth cuts, between heavy Bass music and mind bending Drum & Bass. A really animated figure behind the decks and the crowd control to back it up, with just enough breathing spaces in between to keep the visitors in trance. Sounds like ‘Death Sport’ by Hazard, but also Posij’s ‘Shieldbreaker’ and his brand new material.

Calyx & Teebee just released their new LP ‘1×1’. While this isn’t some release-party tonight, it doesn’t fall short of a true celebration. Through their shared glances, approving nods, and sign language to each other on stage, they seem to be in sync. A relentless start, with enough momentum to push over a bulldozer. MC Swift steps back for a bit now, but his overall presence during the night comes at the right moments.
Saus’ by Mefjus & June Miller leaves everybody thunderstruck quite early. As I’m gasping for air after pushing through an improvised moshpit, the middle part is (luckily) signified by a more chilled out selection. After this well needed ‘reset’ with a couple of mellow tunes from the new LP, a perfectly calculated buildup takes over again. Another stellar Mefjus remix of Audio‘s ‘Ultron’ shatters any passivity from bystanders, as they are taken hostage to dance in unison.

Just when you realize there’s not much energy left, State of Mind comes on. The first minutes seem as a struggle to get going again. SoM has to pick up the rather large pieces, after the utter destruction of the previous performance. Then again… Do these people really have a choice? Some of the finest releases on Blackout are swung at them in a neck breaking pace. ‘Ego’ by SoM and BSE, gets mashed up with Audio’s ‘Foodchain’. Words cannot describe the amount of energy being released right now.

SoM really succeeds at draining every last drop of energy available. The quickness, rhythmic variations, and timing are second to none. Another SoM collab with BSE ‘Jack Nichelson’ bounces off the walls like a frantic army of geckos on LSD. Once again, words cannot describe it any clearer. The night concludes in pure satisfaction, and tomorrow will be welcomed with a lot of aching muscles, big smiles and lasting memories. A big thanks to SubQuake for this mandatory workout. But please, next time include a whiplash insurance with those tickets, God damn!


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Report: Michael Janiec
Photography: jostijnligtvoet.nl